Researchers say social, ethical and political concerns in the UK about artificial intelligence (AI) are mounting and greater oversight is urgently needed, according to the Guardian. Otherwise, we could expect to see the kind of social disruption that greeted the advent of genetically-modified (GM) foods during the past decades. The Guardian's report notes that there are no testing standards or requirement for AI to explain their decisions. There is also no organisation equipped to monitor and … [Read more...] about Artificial intelligence risks GM-style public backlash, experts warn
In the 2004 science fiction film I, Robot, the police detective hero played by Will Smith is in a car crash resulting in his vehicle and another sinking in a river. The other car contains a trapped 12-year-old girl. With imminent death by drowning confronting both characters, a rescue robot appears and rescues the hero from his doomed car but leaves the girl to die. Why? Because, the robot's logic tells it, her survival was statistically less likely than the Will Smith character's. This … [Read more...] about Who should die when a driverless car crashes? Q&A ponders the future
This article titled "Artificial intelligence survey finds UK public broadly optimistic" was written by Ian Sample Science editor, for theguardian.com on Monday 24th April 2017 23.01 UTCApart from fears of mass unemployment, accidents with machinery, restrictions on freedom, increased economic inequality and a devalued human experience, the public are broadly optimistic about the arrival of artificial intelligence, according to one of the first surveys of British opinions about the technology. … [Read more...] about Artificial intelligence survey finds UK public broadly optimistic
Does being scared about AI have more to do with our fear of each other than with killer robots? Perhaps what we're seeing now isn’t an anxiety about artificial intelligence per se, it’s about what it says about us. A compelling view from Intel's head of sensing and insights that may change how you see the evolving role of AI in contemporary society. Indeed, of our role. This article titled "Genevieve Bell: ‘Humanity’s greatest fear is about being irrelevant’" was written by Ian … [Read more...] about Genevieve Bell: ‘Humanity’s greatest fear is about being irrelevant’
Designed with strong technical expertise and high intelligence, it’s not so far-fetched that the robots of the future could outperform human managers. This article titled "Why a robot could be the best boss you've ever had" was written by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, for theguardian.com on Friday 9th September 2016 07.00 UTCWould you like to work for a robot? Although the automation of skilled jobs is a reality, your boss is probably (still) a human. Even though the most optimistic artificial … [Read more...] about Why a robot could be the best boss you’ve ever had
There are some telling comments in a report about artifical intelligence that was published in the Guardian last October that has given me pause to think frequently about that place where AI and human intelligence intersect and/or collide: It is relatively easy to create a learning brain but we don’t yet know how to create a heart or a soul. In a recent talk at the New Yorker festival MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito asserted that “humans are really good at things computers are not.” It's a pair … [Read more...] about What will become of empathy in a world of smart machines?
Barclaycard is to roll out a range of wearable payment devices that can be used to make ‘touch and go’ contactless payments across the UK, following the launch of its bPay wristband last year. The card issuer's announcement yesterday notes that each device - an updated wristband, key fob and sticker - will use contactless payment technology and be powered by a secure digital wallet. Barclaycard - part of Barclays Retail and Business Banking - is a global payment business. The devices can … [Read more...] about Barclays expands contactless wearables